Melissa Chaun is an ecologist with a passion for all things sustainable. She began her environmental career in the US and upon returning home, pursued a certificate in Sustainable Community Development at SFU. Having worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors, her interests in evidence-based policy-making and public outreach/education continue to grow. She is excited to be part of the RSBC team as the Events Coordinator. When not sitting still, she tries to keep her bicycle well-greased and her feet wet by kayaking this incredible coastline.
Director of Communications
A graphic designer since 1997 with a formal design education, Richelle has worked with the RSBC since 2005 on a wide range of projects, including marketing and advertising campaigns, website design and content development, media communications and social media. Her company specializes in working with eco-minded organizations, with a focus on branding and print design. Richelle manages the RSBC’s creative direction, including the website, and coordinates much of RSBC’s outreach and marketing efforts.
Bookkeeping & Administration
Carol Hamshaw, BA Honours English, completed her accounting degree at UBC’s Sauder School of Business after nearly a decade as Managing Editor of The Capilano Review. Now a freelance consultant to small businesses, sole proprietors and non-profits in the areas of accounting, finance, tax, marketing, administration and capacity development, Carol is also experienced in nonprofit administration and arts and culture grant writing. She is VP of Financial Resources for Asian Heritage Month Society and helps organize the tri-cities Writers in Our Midst reading series at Gallery Bistro in Port Moody.
Jacquie is an environmental educator, writer and artist who is passionate about facilitating programs that inspire creative encounters with the outdoors. After receiving her B.A. and B.Ed. from SFU she has worked in a variety of educational settings, teaching high school and elementary grades, running a one-room school, and working for wilderness camps. As an avid outdoorswoman, Jacquie believes getting people outside and re-connected to the natural world has the potential to create lasting social change by producing stewards who are keenly aware of the environmental challenges we face.
Jacquie fell in love with the Fraser on her first SLLP trip down the river in 2012, and spent the next four summers as a facilitator for the program. She has now retired from this position to work towards building a homestead and raising a family on Haida Gwaii. She hopes to inspire others to learn about small-scale food production and to care for their local watersheds.
Doug Radies worked full time on parks and wilderness and land use issues in British Columbia from 1989-2002. In 1990, Doug spearheaded the campaign to protect the Cariboo Mountains of BC, which led to a moratorium and ultimately a 130,000 hectare protected area between Bowron Lake and Wells Gray Provincial Parks in the central interior of BC.
He participated in the Cariboo and Robson Valley Land Use Planning Processes and, in 1995, co-founded the Quesnel River Watershed Alliance, a Cariboo-based grass-roots conservation group working to protect and maintain the overall health of the Quesnel Rivershed, the most productive sockeye salmon producing tributary of the Fraser River. Doug conducted extensive research and fieldwork in BC’s interior, producing tabloids, reports, magazine articles, posters, brochures, slide shows, and videos about the environment.
From 1999-2002, Doug coordinated the Lillooet conservation campaign for the Sierra Club of BC. Doug has a degree in Education from the University of British Columbia.
Jane graduated from the Sustainable Living Leadership Program in 2008 and served on the RSBC Board of Directors for 2 years. She is passionate about connecting children with nature, gardening and animal welfare. Jane works for the Provincial Health Services Authority and the PIPE UP Network and is Chair of the Colony Farm Park Association where she is also a community gardener. Most importantly, she is a mother to two young children and lives with her family in Port Coquitlam.
Social Media Coordinator
Born in Manitoba, then growing up in Alberta before moving to BC in her twenties, Robbin Whachell now calls Coquitlam home after living in The Bahamas for 15 years. There she created TheBahamasWeekly.com, a news and events portal, which she still manages today. Upon returning to life in Canada she ‘fell in love’ with her homeland, began exploring her Metis lineage, and became actively involved in watershed work. As a director of the Hoy-Scott Watershed Society she’s involved in hands-on work in the riparian area, in-stream and hatchery salmon enhancement work, and helped bring public awareness of the work done by the society by creating and managing their facebook page, a new website and newsletter. For this Robbin was acknowledged in 2015 at Coquitlam’s Environmental Awards. In her spare time, when she’s not hiking, playing soccer or paddling with the Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team, she likes to walk in nature or roam around her community taking photos or video, and writing about what she sees and feels.
Jeremy is an independent filmmaker and award-winning photographer, specializing in remote wilderness productions. His films have been broadcast on CNN, CBC, satellite TV, and community TV. His photos have been published in many books, magazines, and newspapers, including the New York times, and the Vancouver Sun. Jeremy works with groups and communities committed to solutions for a peaceful, sustainable world.